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right now a race against time to save a man after he is swallowed up in a sink hole. >> and a wildfire is raging out of control. the fierce flames getting dangerously close to a lot of homes there. >> steep and painful spending cuts, they will take effect almost definitely by the end of the day. washington is powerless and not even willing to stop it. >> the odd couple in north korea, east meets west with dennis rodman and kim jong-un together. >> they look great together. >> they look odd together. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." >> it is friday -- friday, march 1st. 5:00 a.m. in the east.
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we're going to get started right now. there is a terrifying ordeal unfolding as we speak. a man disappeared in a sink hole that opened up under his bedroom. the home is unsafe right now. this happened at a house about 15 miles east of tampa. one brother frantically tried to save another. the first responders had to pull him from the edge because the sink hole kept growing. the missing man is 36 years old. the tampa day times says crews are using gear to listen for sound from him. so far, they have not been able to make any kind of contact. we'll have a live report in just a few moments. >> wow. the details on that just opened up? >> really scary. >> crazy. all right. right now wildfire spreading across river side county in california. it forced people to evacuate their homes. you'll understand why when you look at these pictures. 200 firefighters are battling the blaze. authorities also report power lines are down in that area. no injuries have been reported.
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the cause of that fire still unknown. >> okay. so let the slashing begin. forced spending cuts, $85 billion worth set to laufrnch b the stroke of midnight tonight. the cuts were designed to be so painful that neither party would dare let them happen. don't hold your breath for an 11th hour deal. most of the elected officials high tailed it out of washington. so once the cuts kick in, it will be a slow bleed. at some point we're likely to see flight delays, limited hours in services at national parks, furloughs which is forced time off without pay for nearly 800,000 civilian pentagon employees. there is a meeting at the white house to discuss this mess but discuss doesn't mean do anything. at this point there doesn't seem to be any way to top the ax from falling. here is brianna keilar. >> reporter: as president obama meets at the white house today with democratic and republican congressional leaders, the capitol will sit empty.
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congress, the very people who voted for the $85 billion in forced spending cuts set to kick in at midnight left town thursday without finding a way to fix the problem. and now the finger pointing. >> the republican proposal is the worst of all worlds. it explicitly protects pork barrel projects and every single tax loophole that benefits the wealthy. >> reporter: president obama wants to avoid the forced budget cuts in part with tax increases. republicans refuse. >> we've done our work. they've not done theirs. the house shouldn't have to pass a third bill to replace the sequester before the senate passes one. >> reporter: but the senate failed to pass two bills thursday. one democratic and one republican. both measures that were never expected to succeed. making it almost certain that president obama will be forced to sign an executive order today that officially puts the cuts into effect. it will impact everything from our military, medicare, and
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education to food inspection and homeland security. president obama in a written statement accused senate republicans of voting "to let the entire burden of deficit reduction fall squarely on the middle class." brianna keilar, cnn, the white house. in next hour of "early start," we'll talk about the forced spending cuts with republican congressman bill cassidy of louisiana. and we're also following new developments overseas. a japanese court sentencing two u.s. navy sailors to prison terms for raping a woman last year while they were on duty at a u.s. military base in okinawa. 24-year-old christopher browning received a ten-year sentence. 23-year-old sky letter dosier-walker got nine years. the rape case triggered protests in japan when that happened in october. the commander of u.s. forces there put troops on a curfew and apologized to the victims. the white house jumped into the legal fray over proposition 8 in california urging the
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supreme court to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage. in the friend of the court brief, the obama administration said prop 8 violates the constitution's guarantee of equal protection. but the administration does not go so far as to endorse a constitutional nationwide right to marriage. it is the end of an era in the catholic church as the anticipation builds for the beginning of the next one. >> translator: i am no longer the pope. but i'm still in the church. i'm just a pilgrim who is starting the last part of his pilgrimage on this earth. >> he will remain in constant prayer. with those words and cheers if the faithful, the first pope in modern history to resign entered retirement. pope benedict xvi is now spending his first full day out of public life in seclusion
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about 16 miles southeast of vatican city where the ritual to choose his successor is set to begin. so our senior international kpa correspondent is in rome. they ordered wiretaps on vatican officials as part of the leaks investigation that happened. how do you think this could impact the conclave? >> reporter: well, certainly this whole question of the investigation by the vatican into the scandal where by the butler of the pope leaks to an italian journalist hundreds of highly sensitive documents from his office. since then in september 2012, according to an italian publication that's been following the story within the vatican, they began a series of wiretaps, looking at e-mails. this has been orchestrated according to these reports by a former member of the italian
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secret service. so the vatican flatly denied it saying it has no basis in reality. but nonetheless, it certainly would indicate that this question of what is really going on within the vatican is something that will concern the cardinals as they prepare for the conclave. in fact, yesterday i attended a press conference by three american cardinals who said that they will be asking questions about this on going investigation and, of course, an investigation that was conducted by three other cardinals into the whole affair. so very murky indeed. >> certainly an on going concern. the pope resigning was really -- kept very close to the vest. so today, what we want to know is when does this conclave process begin? do we know? >> reporter: certainly the wheels are in motion. apparently last night the
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cardinals who are in rome received notification that as of 9:30 a.m. local time monday that they will begin this general congregation. that's where all the cardinals get together and discuss when the conclave will be held and all the other issues facing the church. >> all right. ben, thank you very much. eight minutes after the hour. secretary of state john kerry heads to turkey today. he'll meet with the leaders. they're expected to discuss the syrian conflict and aid to refugees and rebels. during international conference on syria held in rome yesterday, secretary of state kerry announced a $60 million package of nonlethal aid for the syrian opposition and rebels. in a few hours, michigan's governor is expected to officially declare a financial emergency for detroit. it's paving the way for a possible state takeover. sources say that will he will endorse the findings of a state report that said detroit was in
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dire financial straits with no plans to reverse it. that means an emergency manager will be appointed to handle the city's fiscal affairs. it is all system goes for the launch of a space x rocket to the international space station later this morning. the unmanned private rocket will deliver some 1300 pounds of supplies and experiments to the station. this is the second space x cargo supply mission. they're set to lift off from the kennedy space center at 10:10 eastern time. two bffs chilling watching hoops. how is this for the new odd couple? north korea dictator kim jong un and dennis rodman. there is a new show for hbo. rodman gave a speech to the crowd in which he told kim, you have a friend for life. >> so he's got that going for
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him. >> yeah. all right. nine minutes after the hour. swol lo swallowed up in his own home. race against time to save a man after a sink hole opens up under his bedroom. >> and high drama in the courtroom. accused murderer reduced to tears on the witness stand in her 12th day of testimony. the incredibkred ibcredible dev coming up next. ity. you know how to mix business... with business. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle. and go. you can even take a full-size or above. and still pay the mid-size price. i could get used to this. [ male announcer ] yes, you could business pro. yes, you could. go national. go like a pro. your doctor will say get smart about your weight. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes.
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welcome back. rescue crews right now trying to figure out how to get to a man who was swallowed up by a sink hole that opened up right underneath a bedroom. rob munoz of our affiliate is live in brandon, florida. rob, what is the latest? >> reporter: really that is what makes this unique. it is sitting, this entire house sitting on top of a sink hole. we're told when it started it
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was about 15 feet deep. i'm going to show you this house here. 15 feet across is when it started. now we're told an engineering firm it is as wide as 100 feet across. maybe about 50 feet deep. again, it's not just putting this entire house at risk, we're told this entire house could go at any moment. but also the neighboring houses as well. they've evacuated the families out of those houses to make sure they are okay. what they're doing right now, again, continuously monitoring this to make sure that nobody is going near this, to make sure that nobody is going, again, anywhere around this house because part of the room has, again, collapsed as far as we know. but we're also told that owners here own this house for a while. they actually had it inspected last year. and there were no signs of cracks or anything. so this really just happened out of nowhere according to the family. they say it sounded like a loud car crash coming through. and, again, just told that there's continuously watching this house.
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the engineering firm that was earlier checking this out is going to come back out here at 6:00 this morning to get another estimate to see what is going on. as far as that man, we do not have any confirmation whether or not he is alive or dead. but, again, the results here possibly could be be grim. we haven't heard anything because the equipment they've used have not picked up any sounds from him at all. all they heard is continuously falling sand. this hole, we're told, is continuously falling. so really just kind of watching and waiting to see what happens next here. again, like i said, the home could go at any moment. >> all right. our thanks to you rob munoz in florida right now. again, the story down there, very, very strange and alarming. a 100 foot sink hole opening up under a man's bedroom and that man is now missing. >> as the family stands by and watches this horrific nightmare. thank you very much, john. when jodie arias' murder trial resumes on monday, she'll
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be on the witness stand for a 13th day. she is accused of killing her boyfriend travis alexander. he was shot twice, stabbed 27 times, and had his throat slashed. but arias claims it was self-defense. the trial has revealed a lot of sorted x-rated details of their relationship. yesterday arias broke down on the stand. we have details on the dramatic day in court. >> reporter: tears from jodie arias. she broke down on the stand as the first photo of travis alexander's body was displayed in court. it showed him twisted and crumpled on the shower floor. >> were you trying when you were shooting him? >> i don't remember. >> were you crying when you were stabbing him? >> i don't remember. >> how about when you cut his throat? were you crying then? >> i don't know. >> reporter: with her face in her hands, the prosecutor dared
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her to look. >> take a look then. you're the one that did this, right? >> yes. >> and you're the same individual that lied about all this, right? >> yes. >> so then take a look at it. >> reporter: from the stand, arias did her best to convince the jury she acted in self-defense. she said alexander attacked her after she dropped his camera. >> he body slammed me. >> he body slammed you down, right? >> yes. >> in a very forceful way. >> where? >> right in the same area, on the tile. >> even if it was self-defense, how did it lead to this? nearly 30 stab wounds, his throat cut and a single gunshot to the head. and prosecutors specifically retraced the steps leading up to that point, starting with the moment she says she shot him.
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>> he just was running at me as i turned around. >> arias alleged he charged her like a linebacker. >> show me the linebacker pose. >> he got down. >> show me. show me the linebacker pose. that's what i'm asking you to do. >> okay, he went like that and turned his head. >> that's when she says the gun went off. >> i think i screamed stop when i pointed the gun at him. >> and then what do you do? >> i don't really remember. i just remember -- i don't remember anything at that point. i would be speculating. >> reporter: later, the prosecutor displayed several gruesome photos from the crime scene. >> according to your version of events, you would acknowledge that stabbing was after the shooting according to you, right? >> yes. i don't remember. >> i'm not asking you if you remember, ma'am. i'm asking if you acknowledge that it would be that you did
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it, correct? >> yes. >> reporter: no matter what she said on the stand, the state isn't buying her story. here's why -- investigators believe she killed him in the shower. inside court the prosecutor showed a clip of her interview with a detective. and an attempt to prove she lured alexander to the shower hours after they had sex. >> i said do you want to do pictures in the shower and he's like, no. and i was like, i just have an idea. i have a couple ideas. i saw thing this in a calvin klein ad. you're right, he wasn't very comfortable at first. he is standing there. he said i feel gay. >> reporter: she snapped naked photos of alexander including this one shown in court. investigators say it's time stamped 5:30 p.m., just two minutes before arias stabbed him in the heart. >> so you were the person directing him on where to be and how to sit, right? >> yes. >> reporter: directing him,
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perhaps, to his own death. >> do you remember that we're talking about travis alexander. let's start with that. >> yes, i remember that. >> that's why we're here, because you killed him, right? >> yes. >> reporter: randi kaye, cnn, phoenix, arizona. wow. >> wow. >> all right, later on "starting point," we'll talk with defense attorney mark geragos about the arias murder trial. tonight on "ac 360," sex, lies, and audio tape, the jodi arias trial. that is tonight on cnn. >> that is amazing testimony. >> really, and the prosecutor, relentless. >> 20 minutes after the hour. timing is everything when it comes to those forced spending cuts that will take effect in a matter of hours with washington unable to stop them. a closer look at when it might actually affect you. that's coming up next. up high! ok. don't you have any usefull apps on that thing? who do you think i am, quicken loans? ♪
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cuts. >> good morning to both of you. i talked to someone yesterday whose familiar sli already feeling the cuts. a contractor, civilian contractor in san diego for the navy already seeing layoffs there. so you're seeing sort of the ripple effects on the outside. it's not going to be arm getton for the american economy on saturday. it will be weeks if not months assuming that these cuts stay in place before it will trickle down and will be felt more broadly. let's talk about what happens here, what happens now. look, the white house has a detailed cuts for each agency. again, this is assuming there isn't some sort of last-minute deal here. then starting march 1st, you'll start to see the layoff notices for federal workers starting the furlough notices for federal workers. those furloughs, of course, mean you still have a job. you're just not going to be paid for some of your work. in effect, it will be probably one day a week, one day every few weeks. grants, contracts will be curtailed. furloughs won't take place until march 26th and on. the irs will not start any
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a life or death battle. right now rescuers trying to save a man trapped after a sink hole opened up right under his bedroom. >> the clock ticking down to deep spending cuts. the deadline now just hours away. there are a few left in washington to try to stop it. dance fever at 30,000 feet. the sky high harlem shake goes viral and gets the attention of the faa. look at that. >> what is the banana outfit all about? is that the mascot for the team? we must find out. >> it's all about the banana.
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welcome back to "early start." >> it is friday, march 1st. can you believe it? 31 minutes past the hour. >> i want to update you on a terrifying ordeal that is unfolding at this moment. a man disappears into a sink hole that opened up right under his bedroom. and rescue crews, they can't get in to look for him because the home is deemed to be unsafe. this happened at a house 15 miles east of tampa in florida. one brother frantically tried to save another but a first responder could only pull one of the brothers out because the sink hole kept growing. >> the mattress, the bed, everything was actually going down in the hole where the first person had gone. now the second person was in the hole trying to save the first. and they're not being successful. so he basically reacted and did what he had to do to get that person out. >> did he say where the hole was? >> it was deep enough that the person he pulled out to safety was not able to fully extend their arms and even reach the top. >> this hole is now estimated to
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be 100 feet wide and 50 feet deep. the missing man is 36 years old. crews have tried to use cameras and audio gear to look and listen for him but so far they have not been able to make any kind of contact. we'll update you on this developing story as we get more details. >> we talked to the reporter earlier, he said they just did an inspection on that house and not even cracks in the foundation. can you imagine that? you're sleeping and go into a sink hole? 32 minutes past the hour. you can call it a slow bleed or downward tumble. any way you slice this, $86 billion in forced spending cuts likely to be ordered by the president by the stroke of midnight tonight. or any time before then. most of us won't feel much pain at first. in the near term, we could see flight delays at airports. we could see cuts in hours and servicesnational parks and forced time off for 800,000 civilian defense department employees. when the president meets with leaders of both parties this
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morning, there doesn't seem to be any hope for an 11th hour deal. more from white house correspondent brianna keilar. >> reporter: as president obama meets at the white house today with democratic and republican congressional leaders, the capitol will sit empty. congress, the very people who voted for the $85 billion in forced spending cuts said to kick in at midnight left town thursday without finding a way to fix the problem. and now the finger pointing. >> the republican proposal is the worst of all worlds. it explicitly protects pork barrel projects and every single tax loophole that benefits the wealthy. >> reporter: president obama wants to avoid the forced budget cuts in part with tax increases. republicans refuse. >> we've done our work. they've not done theirs. the house shouldn't have to pass a third bill to replace the sequester before the senate passes one. >> reporter: but the senate failed to pass two bills thursday. one democratic, one republican. both measures that were never
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expected to succeed. making it almost certain that president obama will be forced to sign an executive order today that officially puts the cuts into effect. it will impact everything from our military, medicare, and education to food inspection and homeland security. president obama in a written statement accused senate republicans of voting "to let the entire burden of deficit reduction fall squarely on the middle class." brianna keilar, cnn, the white house. >> in the next hour of "early start," we'll talk about the forced spending cuts with republican congressman bill cassidy of louisiana. new developments in the search for a suspect in a deadly shooting and car crash that erupted into a fireball along the vegas strip. las vegas police saying they have their man. lamar harris was arrested in los angeles yesterday. police say he was arrested peacefully and is awaiting extradition. investigators say last week harris targeted 27-year-old
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kenneth cherry also known as kenny clutch while both were driving. cherry's car then hit a taxi. the crash and explosion killed the driver and a passenger as well. army private bradley manning pleaing guilty to ten of the 22 charges that he's facing for leaking classified documents. but not to the most serious charge, that was aiding the enemy. he still faces a court-martial in june. yesterday manning told the court he turned over the documents to the whistle blowing website wikileaks in order to spark a national debate about what he described as the nation's obsession with killing and capturing people. he's going to face at least 20 years in prison now. happening right now, people forced out of their homes in river side county, california. some 200 firefighters battling a blaze that burned 75 acres so far. authorities say power lines are also down. what caused this wildfire as of now still unknown. the harlem shake, the flash mob dance that's become an internet sensation, i love the
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way you do it, by the way. it's now reached new heights. it has drawn the attention of the faa. >> that's because cnn's torre dunan tells us the new dance craze apparently joined the mile high club. >> reporter: you heard of snakes on a plane. but how about shakes on a plane? the harlem shake is the latest viral video dance craze giving "gangnam style" a run for its money. it starts with one person dance ago lone and then others jump in. now the faa is looking into this video. it depicts a dance on a frontier airlines flight in mid air. from denver to san diego. organized by a group of students from colorado college's ultimate frisbee team. >> it went from kind of this kind of joking around idea amongst the team to suddenly reality and then on youtube and then there were hundreds of
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thousands of views and now we're talking to you. >> reporter: the faa wants to know if the plane was on final approach. if the passengers should have been buckled up. a frontier airlines spokeswoman says all safety measures were followed and the seat belt sign was off. >> worst case scenario is we hit a little clear air turbulence and bodies start flying all over the place. >> reporter: former airline pilot jim tellman says an airport is not a place for fun and games. >> is it fun? maybe. is it cute? maybe. is it good judgment? no. >> reporter: you it is tube search turns up plenty of other harlem shakers on planes. this group of cheerleaders from toronto was headed to a competition and says it did its shake during a layover. >> the plane was moving a lot. it's not a big plane. so that many people jumping around like crazy was definitely moving the plane. >> reporter: but in the colorado case, tillman says he hopes the faa gives frontier airlines a
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strong warning. he thinks the crew should have never let the dance go on. >> yeah, that is something you do on the ground. a little safer. >> on frontier, they give you cookies. i wonder if that had anything to do with it. >> i don't know, mr. berman. 38 minutes past the hour. the forced federal spending cuts mean furloughs for a lot of people, freedom for others. immigration detainees let go to save money. we're going to have all the details for you coming up next. plus, dog napped on camera. a camera captures a slick puppy thief in action. is different; how we get there is not. we're americans. we work. we plan. ameriprise advisors can help you like they've helped millions of others. to help you retire your way, with confidence. ♪ that's what ameriprise financial does. that's what they can do with you.
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with forced spending cuts that will almost definitely take effect by the end of the day, u.s. immigrations and customs enforcement otherwise known as i.c.e., decided to release several immigration detainees as a means of saving money. republicans say this puts the
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public at risk. the white house said it had nothing to do with this decision, it was all up to ice and an ice spokeswoman said those would have been release ready noncriminals or low risk offenders. we spoke with one of them. >> reporter: manuel perez was asleep in this east texas immigration detention center last saturday morning when he says guards woke him up at 5:00 a.m. and told him he was being let out. were you surprised they released you? [ speaking spanish ] >> i had no idea what was going on, he says. there were agts otheight other n my cell and i'm the only one they let go. he is one of several hundred undocumented immigrants quietly and unexpectedly released from immigration custody in the last week as looming budget cuts start to affect federal government agencies like immigration and customs enforcement or i.c.e. >> they didn't give you an ankle bracelet? >> he's been told to show up at an immigration court hearing in a few weeks. the illegal immigrants released
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from detention facilities like this one in east texas are low risk and i.c.e. officials say it is more cost effective to let them out while they wait for their immigration cases to wind through the court system. perez came to the united states 11 years ago. he was arrested last month on a misdemeanor dwi charge, served the time in a county jail, then he sat in immigration custody for the past month. immigrant advocates like ralph eisenberg say detainees should have never been rounded up because of a minor offense. he says this controversy is casting a light on a broken system. >> they got hundreds of people locked up that aren't supposed to be locked up. and they don't want to get the public scrutiny of it. how do you get rid of them? well, let's let them out and call it a budget crunch. >> reporter: manuel perez came back to his apartment to find all of his belongings were stolen while he was locked up including the tools he needs to work his construction jobs. he'll try to start over while he waits to hear if he'll be
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deported. it is 43 minutes after the hour now. police in florida are on the hunt for a puppy snatcher this morning. watch closely. surveillance video from this orlando pet shop shows a woman walking in with a young boy when she makes a beeline for the bicron frise bin and drops the pricey pooch into her purse and then takes off. we caught this dog and the dog is worth close to $900 and she will face grand theft chargers. andrew mason is out of a jop. the 32-year-old seems to be taking it in stride. in a letter to the company's staff, mason wrote, "after four and a half intense and wonderful years as ceo of groupon, i've decided i'd like to spend more time with my family. just kidding. i was fired today." the company has been poorly performing since going public last year. >> he's known for his sense of humor. that was funny. 44 minutes after the hour
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welcome back to "early start," everyone. it is 48 minutes after the hour. we want to bring you up to speed on the top stories. $85 billion in forced spending cuts will take effect by midnight tonight. president obama will meet with top democrats and republicans at the white house at 10:00 this morning. you know what? nothing's going to happen there. not much will go on before the deadline. that's, again, midnight tonight. >> yep, so we need backup and frnch fries, a whole lot of french fries. it was a sticky situation on a busy stretch of a nevada highway. this is thursday. this truck carrying 42,000 pounds of catchup lost control and crashed into the median spilling it all over the road.
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crews had to use snow plows to clean up that mess. nevada highway patrol said no one was hurt. thankfully. so you have seen the commercials at 3:00 a.m. i haven't seen them. but now girls gone wild has filed for bankruptcy. they filed for chapter 11 yesterday claiming a little over $16 million in debts. it is seen as a mover by the founder to protect him sfrefl a multimillion dollar debt owed to casino mogul steve wynne. it won't affect businesses comparing itself to other titans of american business like general motors. amazing video here. canadian officials had a unique situation when a doe and her fawn got stuck on the ice. this was last month in nova scot scotia. the ice was too thin for the rescuers to walk on so they brought a helicopter. the fawn ran to shore when the helicopter got close and the doe ended up sliding to safety,
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propelled by the down draft from the chopper blades. >> pretty cool thinking. >> that is wonderful. >> so brace yourselves, southeast. some very cold temperatures are headed your way. snow flurries are redipredicted far as south florida. does that mean bad news for florida's citrus crop? jennifer delgado is live in the atlanta weather center. >> no, it's not going to affect the citrus crop. the good news, is yes, it's going to be cold out there. but if you notice the temperatures are generally right now in the 40s. now as we go into the weekend, temperatures are going to be about 10 to 20 degrees below average across the east as well as parts of the midwest. you can kind of see the forecast. as we go through friday as well as into saturday and sunday. notice the temperatures running in the locations where they shouldn't be. now the winds are going to help provide the citrus crop from freezing and any type of burn. that is good news. not like what we were expecting a couple weeks ago. this cold spell is all due to
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the jet stream. you're right, it's going to bring some snow flurries, a dusting for areas including the southern appalachians as well as parts of alabama, even atlanta we could see a little bit of snow out there. certainly not going to amount to much. here are the high temperatures for today. for today, 50 for a high in atlanta and 40 in denver. we're talking 45 in the northeast. lots of sunshine out. there you don't have to worry about precipitation in the northeast. and then out in california, high of 85 degrees, record warmth in that region. now i have some great video you really need to pay attention to this video. you remember earlier this week when we had the strong winds. you're like what is that? those are tumbleweeds. what is behind the tumbleweeds? a house. look at that video. he opens up the gate to his backyard -- yes. talk about a bad day. the owner of this home said the whole house was surrounded in tumbleweeds. his wife called and said you really need to come home and
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welcome back to "early start." it is march 1st. can you believe it? your top cnn trends online this morning. >> joan rivers is getting heat
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for cracking a joke about the holocaust. but she's old school. she's not backing down. she made the joke on e-news when talking about the super low cut dress that heidi klum wore to an oscar party. go online if you want to see the joke. the anti-defamation league called it joke vulgar and hideous. rivers is not apologizing. she told our aj hammer why. >> it's a joke, number one. number two, i do it through humor. my husband lost his entire family in the holocaust. so let's just start with that. so people, your generation doesn't even know what i'm talking about. by my doing some joke gets people talking. didn't bother heidi. doesn't bother me. >> you know, i interviewed joan not too long ago. she said this is a coping mechanism for her and that's how she deals. >> she's an oscar winner who keeps it real. that's why we love jennifer
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lawrence. here is another fine example of that. she not only admitted that recent ads for dior were photo shopped but she said i love photo shop more than anything in the world! photo shop people don't look like that. as you can see, most of the photos like this one, barely resemble her. like she keeps it real, right? so check out other cnn trends at cnn.com/trends. all right. so late night comedians are talking about pope benedict xvi's final day and the government's spending cuts that take effect today. here's what conan o'brien and jimmy fallon had to say about all this. >> today was pope benedict xvi's last day at work. can you believe that? don't be sad. yeah. right now all the other cardinals are buying him shots at the vatican appleby's. >> i'm going to miss you. >> i'm going to miss you! we'll stay in touch.
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>> i won't miss the food in the commissary. >> your pope sounds like dracula. >> now you know. >> we're talking about pope benedict xvi pope benedict xvi, he officially retired today. people are placing bets on who the. they pope will be. at least that's what i heard during my fant asy pope draft. jack lu is the new deputy secretary. if the sequester goes through, he'll have to be let go due to spending cuts. 300 illegal immigrants have been released from jail in arizona or as officials put it, catcha later. >> "early start" continues right now. presumed dead, the developing news not good right now after a man was swallowed up by a sink hole that opened up right under his bedroom. we're going to be live at the
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scene for you. and happening right now, a wildfire raging out of control. these flames creeping dangerously close to homes. and steep and painful spending cuts, all signs say they'll take effect by the end of the day with washington nearly powerless now to stop it. and the odd couple in north korea. east meets west with dennis rodman and kim jung-un together at last. yes, they are. welcome to "early start." >> it is friday, march 1st. it is just about 6:00 a.m. in the east. we have brand new information about that sink hole that actually opened up underneath a man's bedroom and swallowed him into it. he is now presumed dead. this happened at a house about 15 miles east of tampa. one man actually jumped into the hole to try to save his brother. a first responder could only pull one of them out. the missing man is 36 years old. the fire years old. the fire marshal at the scene
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says there is no evidence of him being alive. and they lost some he equipment searching for signs of life. also happening right now, a ferocious wildfire threatening homes in southern california. 200 firefighters are battling the blaze that has burned through 150 acres in riverside county, east of los angeles. the smoke and flames have forced evacuati evacuations. no injuries reported and the cause of the fire under investigation. and prepare for the slicing and the dicing to begin within the next 18 hours. president obama is expected to sign an order that triggers $86 billion in forced spending cuts. and once those cuts kick in, expect a slow downward spiral. at first, we're likely to see flight delays at airports, cuts to the hours and services at national parks and forced timeoff, without pay. for nearly 00,000 civilians pentagon employees. called furloughs. there is a meeting at the white
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house this morning to deal with the squalled is the so-called sequester. but it appears to be too late to deal with the ax from dropping. here is brianna keilar. the capitol will sit empty. congress, the very people who voted for the $85 billion in forced spending cuts set to kick in at midnight, left town thursday without finding a way to fix the problem. now the finger pointing. >> the republican proposal is the worst of all worlds, explicitly protects pork barrel projects and every single tax loophole that benefits the wealthy. >> president obama wants to avoid forced budget cuts with tax increases. republicans refuse. >> we've done our work. they have not done theirs. the house should not have to pass a third bill to replace the sequester before the senate passes one.
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>> reporter: the senate failed to pass two bills thursday. one democratic, one republican, both measures that were never expected to succeed, making almost certain that president obama will be forced to sign executive order today that owe punishab officially puts the cuts into effect. president obama in a written statement accused senate republicans of voting "to let the entire burden of deficit reduction fall squarely on the middle class. brianna keilar, cnn, the white house. in the next half hour of "early start," we will talk about the forced spending cuts with bill cassidy of louisiana. two american sailors are going to prison for a rape they committed while on duty at a u.s. military base in okinawa. navy seaman christopher browning was sentenced to ten years and
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christopher dosier to nine years. it triggered outrage in japan and they have long complained about u.s. military crime in okinawa. three minutes past the hour. the white house gets into the legal fray over proposition eight in california, urging the supreme court to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage. in the friend of the court brief, obama said proposition 8 violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection. but the administration didn't go so far to constitute a nationwide right to marry. the end of an era in the catholic church as anticipation builds for the beginning of the next era. >> translator: i am no longer the pope. but i'm still in the church. just a pilgrim starting the last part of his pilgrimage on this earth.
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>> with those words and those cheers from the faithful, the first pope in modern history to resign entered retirement. he is spending the first full day in seclusion at castel gandolfo. 50 miles southeast of vatican city. we could be days away from the beginning of the conclave where cardinals choose his successor. ben wedeman is at castel sandan again lo in rome. tell us what happens to prepare for the conclave. >> reporter: it will be fairly calm in vatican city. nothing really scheduled until 930 a.m. monday morning when the general congregation of cardinals begin. all cardinals, not just those participating in the conclave, but those over e80 will get together twice a day to discuss all of the issues facing the church at the moment. the first thing on the agenda
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for the general congregation will set a date for a conclave. when that happens, of course, the approximately 115 cardinal who's participate in the conclave will be completely secluded, cut off from the world, without cell phones, internet, no access to newspapers, radio, or television. they will vote four times a day, until they finally select a pope. john. >> what are these meetings this weekend mean for the front-runners, the people we consider the top contenders for the pope? >> well, what's going on behind the scenes is a lot of discussions. it's not politicking and sort of the classical sense, but the cardinals will be meeting individually or in small groups, and discussing what they are looking for in a pope. now, it's very bad taste, apparently, within the vatican
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for any cardinal to actively campaign in any sense, but it's sort of all very low key, very subtle, but they are definitely discussing what sort of pope, not necessarily who that is, that they would like to see succeed benedict xvi. john. >> a very unique type of politicking indeed. thanks to ben wedeman this morning. six minutes past the hour. back to the developing story we're following for you. a swallowed up -- a man swallowed up by a sinkhole that opened up underneath his bedroom and that man is presumed dead. our affiliate wfts is live at the scene. what is the latest there in brandon, florida? >> let me tell you, now this is a thing of waiting and watching to see what is going on with this home. again this home teetering really on the edge. let me step out of wait and show this to you. this home could go at any
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moment. this hole 100 meet in diameter. this is not more urgent than for this family. this is her brother's nephew. heard him yelling this morning, yelling for help as the whole was collapsing. it sound like a loud car crash and all she could hear was screams. she got to the room where this man was at, the bedroom and she just saw a mattress and a hole. nothing, black. they were digging for this man, trying to reach their family member. she is hoping and praying, has hope that he is alive and telling him right now, if he can hear her that they are saying they are coming for him. really just a game of waiting and watching and lots of prayers for this family member. >> remarkable. absolutely no warning whatsoever for them?
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>> there was no warning. their home was inspected by the insurance company last year. building code inspectors never saw anything some of unexpected for the entire family. rob muno sflnmunoz, thank you f there. judgment day for the city of detro detroit. it is expected a financial emergency will be declared which paves the way for a possible state takeover. detroit, billions of dollars in debt which will likely result in at appointment of an emergency manager to handle the city's fiscal affairs. t-minus 4 hours and counting to the launch of a space x rocket. the unmanned private rocket will deliver 1,300 supplies to the station. the second spaceex rocket.
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welcome back to "early start," everyone. the sensational murder trial of jodi arias will be back in session on monday, her 13th day testifying. arias is facing a possible death sentence for the cold-blooded killing of her lover, travis alexander, back in 2008.
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shot twice, stabbed 27 times and had his throat cut. arias says it was self-defense. more from cnn's randi kaye. >> reporter: tears from jodi arias. broke down on the stand as the first photo of travis alexander's body was displayed in court, showing him twisted and crumpled on the shower floor. >> ma'am, were you crying when you were shooting him? >> i don't remember him. >> were you crying when you were stabbing him? >> i don't remember. >> where you crying when you were slitting his throat. >> i don't remember. >> take a look many y. you were the one that did this? >> yes. >> and you lied about all of this, right? >> yes. >> take a look at it.
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>> reporter: from the stand, arias did her best to convince the jury she acted in self-defense. she says alexander attacked her after he dropped her camera. >> he body slammed me. >> body slammed you down? >> yes. >> in a forceful way. where did he body slam you down, ma'am. >> right in the same area, on the tile. >> reporter: even if it was self-defense, how did it lead to this? nearly 30 stab wounds, his throat cut and a single gunshot to the head. and prosecutors specifically retraced the steps leading up to that point, starting with the moment she said she shot him. >> he was running at me. >> reporter: she alleges that he came at her like a linebacker. >> he went like that and turned his head. >> reporter: that's when she
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says the gun went off. >> i yelling stop when the gun went off. >> then what do you do? >> i don't remember. i just remember -- i don't remember what i did at that point. >> reporter: later, the prosecutor showed several fwrusome photos from the crime scene. >> you would acknowledge the stabbing was after the shooting according to you, right? >> yes. i don't remember. >> i'm not asking you if you remember, ma'am. i'm asking if you acknowledge it would be you that did it, correct? >> yes. >> reporter: no matter what she says on the stand, the state isn't buying her whoever. they believe alexander was killed in the shower. they showed a clip of her interview with a detective.
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there is an allegation she lured him to the shower, just hours after they had sex. >> i was like i just have an idea, a couple of ideas. i saw this thing in a calvin klein ad that looked really good. you're right. he wasn't comfortable at first. he is standing there and he says i feel gay. >> reporter: arias snapped naked photos of alexander, including this one shown in court. it's time stamped 5:30 p.m. just two minutes before arias stabbed him in the heart. >> you were the person that was directing him on where to be and how to sit, right? >> yes. >> reporter: directing him perhaps to his own death. >> do you remember we're talking about travis alexander, let's start with that. >> yes, i remember that. >> we are here because you killed him, right? >> yes. >> reporter: randi kaye, cnn, phoenix, arizona. >> got to say, riveting case.
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>> details are insane. >> we'll talk with mark gera goss about the jodi arias trial. and a special report on a.c. 360. let's get you up to date on the top stories. $85 billion in forced spending cuts will kick in by midnight tonight. once president obama signs the order. the president meets with leaders of both parties at the white house happening later this morning. a deal before the deadline is not expected. president obama expected to sign an expanded violence against women act. the senate version finally passed the house. the measure provides support for organizations that helps domestic violence victims and stiffens sentences for convicted abusers. floodwaters are forcing residents of valdosta, georgia, out of their homes. the rain-swollen cherry creek
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has sent water into their homes. it has overwhelmed the city's wastewater treatment plan, sending millions of gallons of raw sewage into the river. >> what river? >> withlacouchee river. raw sewage. terrible. surfers had to get out of the water when they discovered they were not alone outside the pacific rim national park. they were swimming yards away from a group of killer whales. >> oh my goodness. >> luckily, the surfers were not on the menu. they were chasing a pack of sea lyons. that's what they wanted. how cool is that, right? >> not cool at all if you were wruchbt surfers. >> s.a.t.s will get an update. we don't know how or when. board members were sent a letter explaining the re-designed broad goals to mirror the work that
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on wall street. the dow within 16 points of its record high. then it pulled back. today, things not looky quite as rosy. another big business story. no sugar coating it. groupon ceo is out. but he's not afraid of telling the truth. he was fired. christine romans joins us from atlanta, with this frankly awesome good-bye together. >> it so was awesome. founder of the company, turned down an offer for google to buy it, so since then, he's been under this pressure, usually when ceo is fired by the board, you get this sort of, we thank him for his service, and he's going to spend more time with his family. oh, no. that's not what the ceo said. i have decided i would like to spend more time with my family. just kidding. i was fired today, if you you're wondering why, you haven't been paying attention. this is what you should have been paying attention to.
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look at the stock chart. the stock chart is basically a resignation warning right there. groupon stock has been going down since its ipo. don't feel too bad. his severance only $300 something, health care 180 days. but 40 million shares of groupon stock, so he has a couple hundred million dollars. had the company been run better, he could have a heck of a lot more than that. >> he's young. he's good looking. a little fat, though. >> in the letter he said something that was so funny. he wanted to -- >> that's why i mentioned it. >> he wanted recommendations for fat camp to lose the groupon 40. tech companies are fresher and hipper than the old stayed ceos who say i will be pursuing other opportunities. >> he is not fat. i'm kidding.
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bosses are doing to keep their workers from leaving the office. welcome back to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolin. >> and i'm john berman. >> it's friday. finally fry, 31 minutes past the hour. and a man disappears into a sinkhole that opened up right under his bedroom. fire officials tell us he is presumed dead. this happened 50 miles east of tampa. one brother frantically tried to save another. but the first responders could only pull one of them out because the sinkhole kept growing. >> mattress, bed, everything going down in the hole where the first person had gone, and now the second person is in the hole trying to saift first and not being successful. he basically just reacted and did what he had to do to get that person out. >> how deep did he say the hole was? >> deep enough that the person he pulled out to safety was not able to fully extend their arms and able to reach the top.
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>> the hole estimated to be 100 feet wide, 50 feet deep. the missing man, 36 years old. the home could come down completely at any moment. we'll update you on the developing story as we get details. a wildfire burning out of control in los angeles. the fire has scorched 150 acres and forced evacuations in riverside county, california. authorities also say at least one structure has been damaged. that fire is 20% contained. cause is under investigation. we are hours away from a high-profile meeting at the white house. it will take place this morning, the president will meet with top congressional leaders at 10:00 a.m. eastern to discuss the forced spending cuts that go into effect by the end of the day if no deal is reached. we do not expect one. this is the first time they are meeting face to face this year to address the latest financial crisis. these cuts designed to be so painful that neither party would dare let them happen, but they have dared let them happen.
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congressman bill cassidy is a republican from louisiana. a medical doctor as well and a member of the house tea party caucus. nice to see you this morning. >> hey, john. nice to be with you. >> what do you think will happen at the 10:00 a.m. meeting between the president and congressional leaders? the very first meeting of the year on this budget crisis? >> i'm not quite sure. house republicans actually proposed surgical changes instead of the across the board. the president and senator reid never considered our bills, but never countered. i'm not sure what they have been thinking about or what they will propose. they had months to do it, have not done so. i don't know where they've been. >> congressional republicans, house republicans passed two bills in the last congress. you haven't done it again this congress and needed to do that to make some kind of difference. at least one of the bills you
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did, all it did was move defense spending into nondefense congressional spending. that aside, you were in baton rouge today. why? why are you not in washington? why are members in congress not in washington trying to come up with a solution? >> for months, we've actually had bills out there that we can look out there and see where we are. i was there until late last night. the president is coming to the table. i could cool my heels in washington or come home and talk to people and learn my constituent's opinions about this. if the president wanted to have a meeting a month ago, we could have been considering it for a month, but for me to sit in an apartment in washington while the president comes to the table doesn't seem productive? >> fair point. whose fault is all of this. if you are a voter out there, voters are looking at this, going how could this possibly have happened? who can we blame here? >> the president proposed the sequester way back when. that's been well documented, jay carney has agreed to that, and frankly during the campaign,
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during the presidential campaign, insisted that cuts wouldn't go into place in retrospect it looks like a political sort of move and now he's not invited leaders to come meet with him until today. that said, congressional members are ready to come meet at any time. frankly, i would like to see leadership from the president. >> the president proposed it, bob woodward has reported that to be the case. but you voted it, as did a number of republicans. head start, cut for 1,400 kids. 1, 1,700 kids will receive vaccines, 120 special ed teachers aides could be cut. those are serious cuts. >> two things, john. one, they are all terrible cuts. not sure they are all true. why would a state-funded
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vaccination program would be cut. but they will make the american people feel the pain it won't be the person with the corner office earning six figures laid off it will be the person on the front line. at some point the american people have learned to do more with less, in government it seems like government needs does less with more, so these cuts are terrible. i wish we could have surly addressed this, but we've got a spending problem, we've got to address it, so if this is what it takes to focus the president's attention, that's not all bad. >> that may be the bad news, worse news, another deadline ahead 3 1/2 weeks away with the need to pass the budget. we wish you luck. congressman bill cassidy, thank you for being with us. >> thank you. >> big question. when will we feel the cuts?
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does it happen months down the road? new developments in the search for the suspect in a deadly shooting and car crash that erupted into a fireball. you remember this the las vegas strip. las vegas police saying they have their man, amarre harris was arrested in l.a. peacefully. last week, harris targeted 27-year-old kenneth cherry, also known as kenny clutch, while both were driving cars. cherry's maserati hit a taxi and the crash and explosion killed driver and passenger of the car. top trends on cnn.com. army private bradley manning admitted in court he leaked thousands of diplomatic and classified files to wikileaks. he is not pleading to aiding the enemy. he faces a court martial in june.
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he wanted to spark a national debate about america's obsession with "killing and capturing people." not quite rocky balboa in rush, but we'll take it. north korean dictator kim jong-un and dennis rodman, laughing it up courtside. photos published by "vice" magazine, putting together a new show for hbo. after that game, rodman gave a speech to the crowd, which he told kim you have a friend for life. >> i would like to give props for that obscure rocky iv reference at the beginning of the case. very impressive, guys. 37 minutes past the hour. the boss can ban working from home. that's what yahoo!'s ceo did, or make the office perks so great that employees don't want to go home. >> you never want to leave. >> like they do here. an inside look from silicone valley coming up. [ woman ] my boyfriend and i were going on vacation,
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soledad o'brien with what's happening on "starting point." first, we'll talk about the sinkhole that swallowed up a man, presumed dead. today is the day when $85 billion in forced spending cuts becomes a reality. will the president sign the order? or can he and four top congressional leaders come to an agreement. we'll speak with him with randy forbes and robert moritz. har tell shake, let's see it john berman. >> that's me right there. >> that is not the harlem shake. >> versions of it. >> right. >> because it's done on a plane, now the federal government
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getting involved. >> while it's flying. >> while it's in the air, we'll talk to the college students who made this, and why the faa is looking into the version of the harlem shake. >> i think i can suspect why they are doing this, right? 42 past the hour. t the cardinals of the catholic church will begin meeting monday at 3:30 eastern. a second session at 11:00 a.m.. according to the dean of the college of cardinals. the meeting comes before the conclave to shoot the new pope and are expected to be forums to talk about the state of the church. comes up with an agenda. 42 minutes after the hour. the white house getting into the legal fray over proposition 8 in california, urging the supreme court to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage. in the friend of the court brief, the obama administration says prop 8 violates the
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constitutional guarantee of equal protection. but the administration didn't go so far to oppose a nationwide constitutional right to marry. mitt romney is speaking out. romney compared his failed presidential bid to taking a ride at an amusement park. >> like riding on a roller coaster, exciting and thrilling ups and downs, the ride ends and you get off. it's not like oh, can i be on a roller coaster the rest of my life? no, it's over. >> there have you it. mitt romney will be back at the cpac conference, where he will deliver his first speech since the presidential campaign ended. amazing video canadian wild life official has to think fast when a doe and fawn got stuck on the ice. ice was too thin for rescuers to walk on. they called in a helicopter.
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>> watch carefully to see what the helicopter did. >> the fawn ran to shore, it was scared. and the doe slid to safety, propelled by the downdraft from the helicopter blades. >> that's cool to watch. glad they are okay. smart of the pilots. when marissa meyer announced employees will no longer be allowed to work for there home, triggered quite an up roar and many tech giants in silicone valley are trying to place a workplace environment that beats hanging around the house. >> gourmet food, haircuts, laundry service, world-class gyms, some of the typical benefits at top-tier silicone valley companies. google has tennis courts and a soccer field. the fact is, silicone valley companies work hard to keep you on premises away from home. >> they rely heavily on intense
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collaboration, long nights at the office sometimes. they want to make the best environment possible. >> morgan nissen should know. she has recruited employees for google, twitter, and foursquare. but the world went into shock that marissa meyer is requir is workers to come to work. >> i want them to have a fantastic culture. >> reporter: yahoo! insiders tell me maier is trying to shake up the culture. but this has ignited firestorm across the country. >> i think it's incredibly disappointing and backward thinking and they are shooting themselves in the foot as they limp themselves into the future. >> reporter: but for all the criticism, it turns out working
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from home is more of an exception among the rule among elite silicone valley companies according to missen. >> i would talk to yahoo! employees who would say these are great companies, but i want to be able to stay at home most of the time and they know that's not available to them at google. >> reporter: where did marissa mayer come from? google. she instituted a few perks. including free catered food and choice of smartphones. >> yahoo! is the grandfather of a lot of internet companies. with a large company around a long time. bureaucracy creeps in, and it's important to every now and then say, wait, why do we have turnstiles? why are we all carrying blackberries? >> reporter: the new policy isn't a broad view on working from home, but what's right for the company at this particular moment. dan simon, cnn, sunnyvale, california. >> this is really a hologram,
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you are really at home, aren't you? >> that would be awesome. >> you institute a lot of perks and maybe people do want to stay at work longer. >> debate is definitely on. >> for working moms, a big deal to be able to spend days at home with kids and work from there. i understand the argument. 47 minutes past the hour. a scandal brewing after the westminster dog show. allegations that someone tried to poison one of the prize dogs. >> who could do that?
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the final buzzer sounds, nothing says upset like fans storming the court, but coach k. is
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getting tired of it. >> joe carter with details on this morning's bleacher report. good morning, joe. >> good morning, guys. duke has lost four times this season, and after each of the four losses, fans from the other team rush the court. seems like a given, right? you beat duke, you storm the court. last night it happened again. number three duke lost to unranked virginia. the student section from the cavaliers quickly emptied to celebrate the huge win center court. mike chri mike, not a fan. >> i am all for them celebrating, but get us off the court. that's bottom line. into neon colors and wild animal patterns, you will absolutely love the new college
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basketball uniformed uniformeds. they will all wear the bad boys during march madness. at first glance, the color really stands above all. so at least come game time, you will not mistake one team for the other. tiger woods went with his rain pants on the sixth hole of the honda classic. the shot playable, so off came the shoes, the socks and on came the water pants. just to get the shot back on the fairway. tiger possibly saved his round. still in contention six shots behind the leader. the sports world taken to this latest internet craze called the harlem shake. this is the miami heat's version. ♪ >> lebron james with the cape and crown. marlon chalmers dressed like
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super mario. this dance began in 1981, became mainstream in 2001, and last february, a couple of guys in a dorm room got it all over the internet. now we've seen it pretty much anywhere. fans storming the court in the big win over duke. logon to bleacherreport.com. you like the harlem shake? >> i think we have to do one of our own. everybody in the studio. >> i think it's cooler not to do it. to show restrain. thanks for that. >> that's because you can't dance. >> i can so dance. new this hour, the suspicious death -- the death of a prize-winning dog. the owner of a prize show dog thinks there is a chance their 3-year-old dog named cruz was poisoned at westminster last month. really? the most popular dag show in the
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world. the dog died while at a show in colorado, and one owner says it showed symptoms that a dog would after it swallowed rat poison. igts ve it's very much a mystery. >> a terrible story. who? why? >> well -- police in florida are sea h searching for a lady dog napper. this is surveillance from the pet shop. she drops one of the pricey pooches right into her purse. she then takes off. if caught this puppy snapper could face grand theft charges. this costly pooch is $900. girls gone wild filed for chapter 11, claiming $11 million in debts. it's a move by joe francis to
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